Teacher in Focus: Karen Lewis

by Celia Shortt


Karen Lewis, Early Intervention, Eastside Elementary, Senoia

Karen Lewis is the Early Intervention (EIP) Teacher at Eastside Elementary School in Senoia. She has spent the last 16 ½ years teaching at Eastside.

Why did you become a teacher? 

In my college chemistry class, I had to explain what microorganisms were to children. I enjoyed it and decided to go into education.

What is the best part about teaching at Eastside Elementary? 

The community feeling and environment we have here. I can really relate to the students who difficulty learning because I had a hard time learning to read as a child. I remember the teachers who helped me. I feel like one of my roles is to build their self-esteem - to feel that they’re important and that they matter.

What do you do when you’re not teaching? 

Antiquing. My husband does it, too. Scrapbooking, couponing, shopping.

If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing? 

I would likely have gone into being a school psychologist, counselor, or gone into social services.

What is the one thing you want your students to learn? 

To build their self-confidence, so they have a foundation to feel like they can succeed.

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